Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 17, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Seven talking points from the first week of the 2016 Giro d’Italia; Alexey Tsatevich ejected from Giro d’Italia by his own Katusha team; “Feeling good again,” Degenkolb returns to stage racing in California, unsure about Tour participation; Faces of the Future: Eight things to know about Tao Geoghegan Hart; NBC Sports Group renews TV and streaming rights for Tour of California through 2019; Worldwide Ride of Silence set for Wednesday; Sinead O’Connor missing after leaving for bike ride; On-board footage from Amgen Tour of California, stage 1; Inside the BMC team bus; Satirical video shows dangerous bike lanes in Manchester; Man tells Danny MacAskill he has “Wee bit to go before you’re Danny MacAskill”

“Feeling good again,” Degenkolb returns to stage racing in California, unsure about Tour participation

by Neal Rogers

Competing in his first stage race since a horrific head-on collision at team training camp in January nearly resulted in a severed finger, German John Degenkolb said he’s “feeing good again,” though he’s unsure whether he’ll be in condition to participate in the Tour de France.

Degenkolb is at the Amgen Tour of California, which began Sunday in San Diego.

“I’m feeling good again,” Degenkolb told reporters at Friday’s pre-race press conference at the San Diego Yacht Club. “First of all, I’m very happy to be here. I’ve had some tough months, but that’s behind me now. I’m happy to start my first stage race, but we’ll have to see how it goes.”

A 10-time stage winner at the Vuelta a España and the 2015 champion at Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix, Degenkolb has yet to take a first Tour de France stage win — and it’s possible he may not have the chance to do it in July.

Just as his Giant-Alpecin team made the decision to leave behind German Marcel Kittel last year after an early season lost to a virus, Degenkolb is aware that he may not be chosen as part of the team’s nine-man roster to start in Mont Saint-Michel on July 2.

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